Friday, September 30, 2005

 

Disturbing

I just happened to click over to the Antithesis site, it's gone. In it's place is a pretty disturbing quote--you know, the one from Mahatma Ghandi about liking Christ, but not liking Christians. Looks like the whole shebang is gone, including the very affordable Discerning Reader online bookstore. That Ghandi quote sounds pretty edgy, a little different than a final message that says, "Sorry, we couldn't turn a profit. Thanks to all of you who supported us. It was a pleasure working with so many of you."

Who knows the story here? What happened?

Monday, September 26, 2005

 

Daily Blogs - Leithart

This is the blog of Dr. Peter Leithart. Leithart is a PCA pastor with a Cambridge doctorate and an impressive list of publications--both books and articles--to his name. See the short bio here for the details. Leithart is one of the few writers who nearly always satisfies. I almost never finish reading Leithart and think to myself, "Well that was a waste of time." And, he's the author of my favorite collection of bedtime stories, Wise Words...parents, you'll enjoy these as much as your children.

There are several posts a week at Leithart.com that are dissertation worthy, if one had the time and inclination to put some meat on the bones. Leithart is a brilliant man, an original thinker (though he'll admit that Jim Jordan has had a formative influence on his thinking), and he's as gracious and kind as can be.

 

Pur-don't

The Boilers fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in double overtime. They also fell from No. 11 to No. 22 in the rankings--which, IMHO, more accurately reflects where they should be ranked. I, for one, was fearful that Purdue would come home from Minnesota without a victory.

This will hopefully get their feet planted firmly on the ground again for a showdown against a Charlie Weis-revived ND team this Saturday night back at home in West Lafayette. If the Boilers can beat the Irish, that will go a long way towards making up for the loss at Minnesota.

I predict a Purdue victory on Saturday. I expect it to come down to the fourth quarter, though. ND will be eager to continue to prove that they're the real thing this season and they'll be eager to get revenge on a Purdue team that beat them (to put it mildly) in South Bend for the first time since Mike Phipps was wearing the Gold & Black.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

 

Daily Blogs - Barlowfarms

I thought I'd highlight links from my left sidebar to give you an idea why I think they're worth linking...

barlowfarms
How could I not link barlowfarms?! Barlowfarms was the first blog I ever read. I got an e-mail from Jon saying, "Hey I just started this thing called a blog, here's the link, check it out. I was one of his first readers way back in 2000 (proud grin). Jon is also the creator of the sensus plenior commenting software, and was my next door neighbor for 7 years. What will you find at barlowfarms? Everything from keen theological insights (Jon's working on his Ph.D in historical theology), to opinions on technology, pop culture, and current events. Throw in some reflections on family life and an mp3 or two and you've got interesting reading...though apparently it will be less frequent for a little while.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

 

Body & Blood

I've just picked up Thomas Lynch's The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade and came across a nice passage. At the end of a page long rant against saying things like "It's OK, that's not him, it's just a shell" about a the dead body of a loved one. He writes:

So to suggest in the early going of grief that the dead body is "just" anything rings as tinny in its attempt to minimalize as it would if we were to say it was "just" a bad hair day when the girl went bald from her chemotherapy. Or that our hope of heaven on her behalf was based on the belief that Christ raised "just" a body from the dead. What if, rather than crucifixion, he'd opted for suffering low self-esteem for the remission of sins? What if, rather than "just a shell," he'd raised his personality, say, or The Idea of Himself? Do you think they'd have changed the calendar for that? Done the Crusades? Burned witches? Easter was a body and blood thing, no symbols, no euphemisms, no half measures. If he'd raised anything less, of course, as Pauls points out, the deacon and several others of us would be out of business...


The crucifixion was a body and blood thing...our deaths are a body and blood thing. Easter was a body and blood thing...and, praise be to God, our resurrections when He calls us forth from the grave will be a body and blood thing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

PCA Hurricane Relief

I've been working on a website (with help from Jon Barlow, Richard Hiers, & Travis Larson) for the Missouri Presbytery's new Mercy & Disaster Response Committee. Thoughts & suggestions are welcome--though remember I'm a rank amateur!

 

More Boiler Highlights

The boys over at Spoilermaker are doing a great job!! Clips from Saturday's 31-24 win at Arizona are up.

Friday, September 16, 2005

 

Boiler Up!

The highlights from the Akron game are up and ready for viewing. A big Thank You to the guys who make Spoilermaker.com possible.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

 

Buechner

When I make up my list of favorite books 100 pages or less, a book that's sure to be on that list is Frederick Buechner's little book Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC. It is soooo gooood. Funny, clever, profound, irreverent, imaginative, it's simply a delight to read. I'll try and post some of it here from time to time. I really liked portions of his entry on immortality. In light of my brother's recent death I really appreciated the way he writes about death and resurrection for the Christian, particularly the last bit of what I quote below:

Immortality

Immortal means death-proof. To believe in the immortality of the soul is to believe that though John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, his soul goes marching on simply because marching on is the nature of souls just the way producing apples is the nature of apple trees. Bodies die, souls don't.

True or false this is not the biblical view, although many who ought to know better assume it is. The biblical view differs in several significant ways...

When he (Jesus) heard that his friend Lazarus was dead, he didn't mouth some pious cliche about what a merciful release ti was. He wept.

All the major Christian creeds affirm belief in resurrection of the body. In other words they affirm the belief that what God in spite of everything prizes enough to bring back to life is not just some disembodied echo of a human being but a new and revised version of all the things which made him the particular human being he was and which he needs something like a body to express his personality, the way he looked, the sound of his voice, his peculiar capacity for creating and loving, in some sense his face.


Frederick Buechner's Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, pp. 41-42.

 

Expanding My Vocab

Learned a new word today:

fis·sip·a·rous
Pronunciation: fi-'si-p(&-)r&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin fissus, past participle of findere + English -parous
: tending to break up into parts : DIVISIVE

Rather than confusing people by tossing out my new vocab word, I'll just substitute American Protestant.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

 

Bread Co

Office portability. The St. Louis Bread Co (Panera Bread Co. to all of you outside of St. Louis) is my office away from office. Nice tables (some near outlets), free Wifi, and free refills on coffee make it an excellent choice for "officing" away from my study. That and there are a gazillion Bread Co's in St. Louis, so I'm always within 5 miles of one no matter where I am. I often arrange meetings there so that I can check e-mail and have web access before, during, and after. I tried to post this from the Bread Co and it didn't work. I suspect that it has something to do with a limit on uploadability on Bread Co's wifi.

Monday, September 12, 2005

 

Saturday Firsts

My five year old son's FIRST ever soccer game was Saturday...look at that smile!



Purdue's FIRST win of the 2005 season.

My FIRST season of Purdue football without my brother, who died in January. Matt was as crazy about Purdue football as I am. Check out the Critique of the Week that he wrote in 2000 following Purdue's dramatic victory over Ohio State (follow the link and click the football next to Holy Toledo! to see the game winning TD Matt is writing about). I'd do almost anything to have him back for four hours and one more trip to Ross-Ade stadium together.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

 

One Way to Help New Orleans

Mo Leverett's Desire Street Ministries (DSM) located in the heart of New Orleans' 9th Ward, has been a beacon of light ministry in the poorest and most violent housing project in New Orelans. His ministry has had an incredible impact and I'm guessing that a number of the families that have been involved with DSM have been among those who've suffered the most from Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. I fear that much of their facilities, including a brand new multimillion dollar

DSM was already one of the most significant anchors in a very rough neighborhood, and it could be that civic leaders will turn to DSM as a key partner in helping to rebuild New Orleans. For the time being DSM is relocating its base of operations to Atlanta. Their website lists a number of short and long term needs and ways that you can contribute to helping them. Among DSM's top priorities is getting Desire Street Academy restarted as a boarding school. Here's a recent article that profiled Desire Street Academy.

Pray for Mo and DSM.

 

William Rehnquist 1924-2005

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has died.

Setting aside for the moment, Rehnquist and his contributions, this makes me reflect on the importance of George W. Bush's presidency. By the time George W. Bush finishes his time in office he will have nominated (at least) two Supreme Court Justices, will have been at the helm during our nation's worst terrorist attack in history (9/11) as well as it's worst natural disaster in history (Katrina), and will have initiated offensives in Afghanistan & Iraq overthrowing both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. Simply in terms of providence, George W. Bush will be judged to have had one of the weightiest presidencies in the history of our country, regardless of what one thinks of how he performed or the decisions he's made during his time in office.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

Firsthand Account from Louisiana

This chilling account from a student at LSU captures well the desperate situation that so many are in as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around the devastation of an entire city. Pray for the Gulf Coast.

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